THIS WEEK we will be starting a new series called “Bridges: Stop Burning, Start Building.” In this series we will consider the deep need of having strong relationships. There are many times we get hurt and then we respond to people from a place of hurt. In so doing, we negatively influence the relationship, damaging the strength of its bridge. There are many relationships that we can devalue or deconstruct over time by not giving it appropriate attention or by not caring about the other person at all. In this series we want to focus on strengthening the bridges with other people, starting with God. Once we recognize that we are always in need of working on this bridge, it will transform the way we see other relationships in our lives. It is that transforming power of God that we want to bring into each relationship we have with the people around us. So how does our love for God translate to our relationship with our parents? What does it look like to have healthy friendships that will have a meaningful impact on my life and theirs? What does a God honoring dating relationship look like? Why is it important to have strong ties to other believers? These are all questions that we will seek to walk through with students in these final 5 weeks of youth group.
Our focus this week, is “Loving God, Loving others.” In order for us to have a fair lens to view our relationships with others, we have to start by deciding on a scale or a way to measure what we see. Thankfully, we don’t have to create this measuring stick, instead, we can simply turn to God. We can look at the Great Commandment – “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your mind and with all of your strength.” This is the type of love that we see between Jesus and the Father and the Holy Spirit. They are fully committed to each other in every way. Their existence is the demonstration of the great commandment. Thus, it is from God that we will learn what it means to love at all. Then, understanding the gravity of God’s love, His relentless pursuit of us, we will ask the question “How do I love family, friends, and enemies with the love of God?” There is no doubt that it is through our relationship with Jesus that we learn what it means to love. So, we start with Jesus.
These two questions are so important! We hope that you will have this conversation with your kid(s) and see what they are learning and how you can help them process it even more!
1. What does it mean to love God?
2. How does God’s love teach us to love?
In the Month of April we will be going through a relationship series. We will start evaluating our relationship with God. It is our relationship with Him that should act as a model to strive for in other relationships. It is from Him that we learn how to love sacrificially, in a way that is honoring, and genuine. So how does our love for God translate to our relationship with our parents? What does it look like to have healthy friendships that will have a meaningful impact on my life and theirs? What does a God honoring dating relationship look like? These are all questions that we will seek to walk through with students in the month of April.
Each summer we take a group of students our to Trail’s End Ranch in Ekalaka, Montana. This is a summer bible camp that is packed with fun activity and adventure. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for all kinds of activities like paintball, high adventure, outdoor life, crafts, sports, and more. They will be put on teams for the week and compete to win ice cream Sundays by playing games, memorizing and reading scripture. They will spend daily time with God each morning and have great teaching to challenge their faith. This year we are going to camp from June 18-25. The cost is $150 per person (If you need assistance please let us know), and you should plan for your student to pay for 4 meals along the way (Fast food), and we recommend some additional money for the Snack Shack. You can register here.
This year we have decided to take any current 8th grade-12 grade students on a mission trip to Niagara Falls! While we are there we will be working with people who are in need of help with home projects, community beautification, and other needed service projects. This will allow for students to make connections, build relationships, and be intentional about how they interact with other people for the sake of the gospel! Currently our registration is full, but if we get a few more people on our waiting list, we will take a second van. Hurry to sign up because we can no longer guarantee open spaces for the trip. You can register here.